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August 12, 2022 | Car Accidents

How Long Do I Have to Sue After a Car Accident in New York City?

Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Accident-Related Lawsuits

After a car accident, one of the first questions you may have is how long you have to sue. If you are seriously injured, you may have mounting medical bills or be unable to work. Failing to file a claim for damages within the statute of limitations can result in your case being denied. It is important to consult with an attorney as early as possible to determine how long you have to file a lawsuit. 

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we fight for those who have been injured in auto accidents throughout New York City. Our dedicated team of lawyers can help you understand your rights and walk you through the legal process. If you were injured in a collision, remember you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit based on personal injury. Contact our office today at (718) 233-3913 for FREE legal advice. 

Suing for a Car Accident in New York

According to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules Section 214(4), a person has three (3) years to file an action to recover damages for personal injury. This means that, in general, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against a legally responsible party. Failure to file a lawsuit within this statute of limitations can result in your claim for damages being denied.

While 3 years may seem like an ample amount of time to sue, it can go quickly. In a car accident with serious injuries, there may need to be an in-depth investigation. Obtaining evidence can take months or longer. Waiting until the last minute could directly impact your case.

What You Can Do to Help Your Case

If you are injured in a car crash, there are several things that you can do to protect your right to recovery. First, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not think your injuries are severe, you still need to see a doctor as soon as possible. 

Many times, car accident victims think that they are not seriously injured, only to realize later that the pain in their neck is getting worse or they are having constant headaches. 

Next, you should collect evidence at the scene. Take videos and photos of the road conditions and any property or vehicle damage. Ask for contact information for any witnesses and exchange insurance information with involved parties. 

Lastly, you need to contact a car accident lawyer. A lawyer can help you determine your legal options, including whether you are able to sue a negligent party. 

Why You Need to Act Quickly

After a crash, you need to stay focused on your physical and financial recovery. Waiting to see a doctor or to file a claim can directly impact your health and your case. Evidence in a car accident can be lost or destroyed, making it more difficult to determine what caused the accident. A witness may be unable to recall what they saw or heard, or they may get confused about the exact details.

Acting quickly, including consulting with an attorney, can help ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case. You only have a short amount of time to file a claim based on personal injury. Do not delay. Act now and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve based on your injuries.

Get the Help You Need

If you were recently injured in a car accident, contact our office at (718) 233-3913 to schedule a free consultation. You should not have to pay to find out whether you have a case. Call now and speak directly with an attorney. Find out how much your case is worth and get FREE legal advice.

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